The surreal concept of neutrality in Warcraft

Remember the Argent Crusade? It was a result of merging two factions — the Argent Dawn, which spent its time in the Eastern Plaguelands trying to eradicate the Scourge, and the reformed Order of the Silver Hand, an Alliance order of paladins formed by Uther the Lightbringer and Alonsus Faol. The Argent Crusade accepted members of both Alliance and Horde who wanted to fight toward the Crusade’s ultimate goal: the defeat of the Lich King. Today, the Argent Crusade sits in Hearthglen, working to restore the Western Plaguelands to their former beauty.

The Argent Crusade is just one of the neutral factions in WoW, along with the Cenarion Circle, the Shattered Sun Offensive, the Earthen Ring and many others. Chris Metzen spoke about the Argent Crusade and the concept of neutral factions in our Mists of Pandaria press event interview, citing the Argent Crusade as one of the neutral factions that just rang true, whereas the Shattered Sun Offensive simply didn’t feel quite as emotional.

But here’s the thing — the Argent Crusade, while being very active in Wrath, is hardly doing anything at all in the Western Plaguelands. There’s a fight for Andorhal going on on the Crusade’s doorstep, but they aren’t stepping in. The Forsaken — members of the Horde — are actively seeking out activities that look suspiciously like Scourge activity, even going so far as to recruit the val’kyr, former servants of Arthas.

So … what gives?

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